Richard Gray

    Richard Gray

    Chief Executive Officer Harcourts South Africa

    P 031 201 1060

    M 083 637 8435

    Email richard.gray@harcourts.co.za

     


    Richard is CEO of Harcourts South Africa. His extensive experience in IT, project management, corporate operations and financial services provision offers invaluable support to the Group.


    Richard’s extensive experience in IT, project management, corporate operations and financial services provision offers invaluable support to the group and makes him the ultimate candidate to lead as the CEO of the Harcourts South Africa team.

    Richard attended Rhodes University where he earned his BSc (Hons) qualification and then began his career in the IT field by working for Oracle and Kellogg’s in the USA. He later worked as the Head of Systems for the Homeloan Division of NBS Bank.

    During his initial years in the property industry, Richard was given the ‘Young Lion Award’. He was a founder member of mortgage origination company Bond Choice and later earned the title of CEO, eventually taking the helm of the Harcourts group in 2010.

    Harcourts’ unique value proposition as well as the potential Richard saw in the brand is what drew him in. His admirable leadership qualities and passion for the brand shine through the entire Harcourts SA team, and are also evident in the brand’s phenomenal growth and success since he first took his seat as CEO. He firmly believes that Harcourts will reach the position of number 1 real estate group in South Africa.

    Richard is known for his cool, approachable demeanour and his pleasant nature. He enjoys playing golf and loves to travel.

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    AJ Cochrane

    AJ Cochrane

    Business Development Manager: Inland

    P 012 548 5730

    M 071 870 6080

    Email aj.cochrane@harcourts.co.za

     


    AJ's love for Harcourts and the belief in their unique value proposition drove him to apply for the Business Development role he currently fulfills.


    Andrew-John Cochrane, better known as AJ, was born and raised in the beautiful Jacaranda city, which he still calls home.

    In 2006, AJ joined one of the largest financial institutions in South Africa where he received numerous awards and recognition for service and teamwork. During the last 3 years of his service he formed part of the corporate banking sector, where he worked with high profile clients and assisted with their day-to-day banking needs.

    Excellent service has always been a priority for AJ and that’s the reason why he ventured into the real estate industry. His personal experience with a real estate agent sparked his desire to become a world-class real estate consultant. In February of 2013, AJ joined the Harcourts Zambezi team, who share his desire to deliver next level service to both homeowners and sellers alike. Within his first year with Harcourts Zambezi, he was awarded ‘Intern of The Year’.

    His passion for Harcourts means that he has truly adopted the Harcourts vision, living and breathing the values in his every day life.

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    Christel Willett

    Christel Willett

    Head of Marketing

     

    P 031 201 1060

    M 082 568 0782

    Email christel.willett@harcourts.co.za

     


    Christel is the Head of Marketing for Harcourts South Africa. She has been a vital part of the company for 15 years and has over 19 years of experience in the marketing industry.



    In 2006, Christel left the group then known as Homenet to further her marketing career, working for a well-known and reputable FMCG company called Nature’s Choice Products. She played an integral role there and was involved in all above and below the line marketing as well as the quality control of all products.

    Christel was later head hunted by former employers Homenet in 2007, which rebranded to Harcourts in 2009. She played a major role in overseeing the massive re-brand project as well as managing all production of the branding elements associated with this mammoth task. It was for this stellar achievement that she was awarded ‘Employee of the Year’.

    Christel is extremely passionate about marketing and her contribution to the ever-growing success of Harcourts is in incorporating and executing all marketing strategies with passion, integrity and creativity.

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    Jenny Swanson

    Jenny Swanson

    Head of Brand, Communications and Events

     

    P 031 2011 060

    M 079 873 6686

    Email jenny.swanson@harcourts.co.za

     


    Jenny Swanson is the Head of Brand, Communications and Events, as well as the Harcourts Foundation Ambassador, and has been a vital cornerstone of the company for 22 years.


    She began with the Homenet group in 1993, contributing her wealth of knowledge in marketing and communications to the company, and was awarded ‘Employee of the Year’ in 2008.

    Today, she remains an invaluable and well-respected member of the Harcourts team for both her loyalty and for her immense undertaking of singlehandedly managing all corporate events and public relations for the brand.

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    Gael Hodgson

    Gael Hodgson

    Business Development Manager: Kwa-Zulu Natal & East London

    P 031 201 1060

    074 530 8241

    Email gael.hodgson@harcourts.co.za

     


    Gael joined Harcourts in 2010 as the Business Development Manager for the KwaZulu-Natal and East London regions where she has been able to combine her previous experience to do what she is most passionate about – growing people and their businesses to their full potential.

    Gael boats an extensive career in corporate sales and customer service. She joined one of the biggest real estate players in the industry in 2003 as a sales agent and during her 7 years of selling property, she won the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’ as well as many awards including ‘Top Agent Based on Commission’, ‘Most Income Generated’ and ‘Most Units Sold’.

    Gael joined Harcourts in 2010 as the Business Development Manager for the KwaZulu-Natal and East London regions where she has been able to combine her previous experience to do what she is most passionate about – growing people and their businesses to their full potential.

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    Jan Myburgh

    Jan Myburgh

    General Manager for Harcourts South Africa

    P 031 201 1060

    M 082 568 0790

    Email jan.myburgh@harcourts.co.za

     


    Jan is primarily responsible for developing the people in our company on all levels including skills, attitude and mindset, organizational culture, team participation and personal structure. 


    As the General Manager for Harcourts South Africa, Jan Myburgh has a clear vision for developing real estate consultants and business owners. “People First” is not just lip service. Jan believes that people are the most important asset of any organization and that no goal can be achieved without teamwork.

    He began his successful real estate consultant career in 2001 as a consultant, but due to a passion for developing and mentoring people, his career progressed to managing real estate businesses and presenting training programs for real estate consultants countrywide.

    He was awarded the ‘Regional and National Manager of the Year’ award in 2006 for the largest real estate group in South Africa, and acted as an online training facilitator and trainer. Jan also acted as the Business development manager for Richard Robbins International (RRi) and coached real estate business owners and consultants on a full time basis before joining Harcourts South Africa. He holds a BA degree in Sociology and Political Sciences, a Masters Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Certificate in Estate Agency. Jan has also completed Assessor and Moderator qualifications for the real estate NQF4 qualification.

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    Julian Buckmaster

    Julian Buckmaster

    Head of Inland Business Development

    P 031 201 1060

    M 082 422 0831

    Email laurie.fox@harcourtsusa.com

     


    Julian heads up the operations inland business development and is passionate about developing real estate businesses and the people within them.


    Julian has held a host of senior positions across retail, telecommunications and has been a real estate professional for over a decade. He has operated at the pinnacle of the industry being South Africa’s property franchisee of the year as recognized by FASA and First national bank in 2007 and is currently Harcourts South Africa’s employee of the year.

    Julian has served on the corporate team of three leading brands holding senior positions in new business and the business development space.

    He heads up the operations inland business development and is passionate about developing real estate businesses and the people within them.

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    Kobus Louw

    Kobus Louw

    Business Development Manager: Western & Eastern Cape

    P 031 201 1060

    M 082 325 8938

    Email kobus.louw@harcourts.co.za

     


    In April 2012 Kobus joined the Harcourts Group as Business Development Manager - a position and challenge that excites and energises him.


    Kobus joined the property industry in 2003 as real estate consultant in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town. In 2004, he won his company’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ award and in 2006 was awarded the title of ‘Agent of the Year’. In 2008, Kobus started his own real estate business, gravitating toward the corporate side of the real estate industry by 2012 owing to his passion for leadership and people development.

    In 2012, Kobus joined the Rawson property group as National Franchise Sales Consultant and had the privilege of visiting many regions of South Africa, interacting with real estate professionals and business owners. It was during these travels that Kobus encountered numerous Harcourts offices. He recalls his impressions of these offices and his interactions with Harcourts business owners as most impressive.

    The word-class, industry-leading technology, as well as the values and company ethos of the Harcourts group impressed Kobus immensely! In April 2012, Kobus joined the Harcourts Group as Business Development Manager – a position and challenge that excites and energizes him daily.

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    Anton Jansen Van Vuuren

    Anton Jansen van Vuuren

    Head of Technology and E-Commerce

    011 813 3523

    M 082 568 5591

    Email anton.v@harcourts.co.za

     


    Anton’s passion lies in the field of technology, hence being promoted to Head of Technology and E-Commerce in August 2009, undertaking the management of the technology base for Harcourts South Africa.

    Anton joined the real estate industry in August 2006 after many years as part of the Management team in Government Services. He successfully completed the Estate Agents Affairs Board Examination in June 2007 and graduated from the Homenet Training Academy in June 2008. In his previous role as Business Development Manager, with his areas of responsibility including Gauteng, Free State, Northern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Zambia, Vaal Triangle and North West, Anton built close relationships with his franchisees, keeping them motivated, informed and content in order for them to deliver a professional service.

    Anton’s passion lies in the field of technology, hence being promoted to Head of Technology and E-Commerce in August 2009, undertaking the management of the technology base for Harcourts South Africa.

    His passion for people is every bit as boundless as it is for his field of expertise – he’s always willing to help and to learn from others in order to increase his own knowledge..

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